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The Gift of Writing

I tossed my notebook on the couch and hauled myself up the stairs for my third cup of coffee. I should never have procrastinated on this. The problem wasn’t working itself out and I’d come at it from every angle I could imagine. To top it off, it was the sort of problem I had to solve now. Everything I edited or wrote after this point hinged on it.

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I made another pot of coffee, worked on the problem until late that night, but still didn’t have the answer. I asked my family to pray for the Lord to give me clarity and direction. Still, I went to bed feeling anxious about it. I really needed to push past this issue and get busy.

The next morning I prayed again and headed off to work, still no answer. I thought about it all through the day. Finally something clicked. The pieces began to fall into place. Things I had no idea were really important, suddenly helped to make everything work. For the most part, I had my answer. I could dive back in and finish my editing. Yes!

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This week I’m thankful for the gift of writing.

Writing isn’t easy. There are days when it feels like I’m moving a ginormous pile of gravel with a plastic teaspoon. But in the end, it’s more rewarding than I ever could have imagined.

Is there something the Lord has done for you this week in your writing or in another area?

 

 

 

 

 

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About Brittany Valentine

Saved by grace, sibling one of eight, part-timer by day, speculative fiction writer by night. Working on a series called The Chronicles of Aura.

8 comments on “The Gift of Writing

  1. The Lord does stuff like that for me all the time. I blog about it when I recognize it, because I want to have it recorded for posterity.

    The last book I finished was the second of a series. The problem is, book one isn’t “finished” yet. (It technically is, but isn’t ready for anyone to see publicly at this point. I’m beginning a new rewrite on that now. *Sigh*) And, there’s a third book which I started way back in 2008, which I never finished, but the basic story is in place in my head.

    So while I hammered on that book two in the spring, I had one revelation after another drop on me like manna from heaven. It was bizarre, and I found a story line that wove its way through book two, leading to the story in that unfinished book three, and backward into book one. The whole thing was tied together in a tight little bundle, all signed sealed and delivered, in my opinion, by the Lord.

    It was amazing. I’m still left in awe when I look over the entire arc. Each story is a full stand-alone book which has a common thread tying them all together. Very cool – and not something I planned or intended.

    Whether God unscrewed the lid from my head and poured that idea in, or whether He simply gave me a strong enough creative mind to really do that on my own with the talent He gave me, I don’t know. I do know it’s Him at the core, either way, and for that, I’m very grateful.

    I love it when things just work like that, don’t you? 🙂

  2. Oh yeah, that happens to me, too. My current WIP, I didn’t like the climax as sketched in my outline–the bad guy raises a demon, which the heroes have to kill in book 3. Meh. That’s been done, and I don’t like writing demons. There’s no emotional connection with a big nasty–I might as well feature a cockroach.

    So I thought and thought and chewed on it for a couple of days. I asked Hod for ideas. Then it hit me, where the book really wanted to go–I had set up a big Rule about what necromancy could and could not do. But there was a loophole, and I could exploit it to the hilt. It would shatter my hero. That’s what I want–more emotional torment to carry the next book!

    So yeah, it happens. 🙂

  3. Absolutely. Out of all of the stories I’ve written, this current set of WIPs are ones I have prayed over the most. We’ll see where they go!

  4. Keep me posted!

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